Your not-so-quiet night at the museum! Join the revelry every third Thursday of the month for live music, free programs, art activities and more…all just for adults!

January 17: The Nelson-Atkins and Planet Comicon are teaming up again! Many interesting people from the local cosplay community will be on hand to spread the superhero spirit! Be sure to dress as your favorite Superhero and during the evening, look for a chance to win passes to Planet Comicon Kansas City's 20th anniversary show scheduled for March 29-31, 2019!

Are you a performer, vendor, organization or just inspired and interested in making Third Thursdays amazing? Please contact us with your vision for getting involved.

Superheroes and Shuttlecocks

Bloch Lobby

Band: Killer City

Self-described as “goth-glam, stoner rock set to a dense atmosphere, pulsed with a dance beat,” Killer City will no doubt kick off this not-so-quiet night with a bang!

Bloch Lobby
DJs at Third Thursday

DJ Joe and Ice Kole

DJ Joe is more than a DJ, more than a Drummer, more than just your average party starter, and he’s bringing some friends!

Bloch Lobby

Planet Comicon Kansas City

Planet Comicon Kansas City (PCKC) is proud to once again work with the Nelson’s Third Thursday ‘Superheroes and Shuttlecocks’ event. PCKC is the region’s largest pop culture convention, celebrating 20 years in Kansas City with our next show scheduled for March 29-31, 2019. PCKC has experienced tremendous growth becoming one of the top 10 Comic Conventions in the country and the largest consumer show in the city, welcoming tens of thousands of fans to downtown KC every year.

At Planet Comicon Kansas City, fans of TV, movie, comics, science fiction, fantasy, gaming and much more gather to collect celebrity autographs, meet comic book creators, play games, explore vendor tables, participate in cosplay activities, enjoy interactive exhibits, attend hundreds of hours of programming, and connect with fellow fans. Come see what all the excitement is about at Planet Comicon! We will be giving away two 2-day passes and one 3-day pass to Planet Comicon.

Bloch Building, Lens 2

Boulevard Brewing Co. Space Camper Beer Sampling

Local favorite Boulevard Brewing Co. is launching their brand new beer, Space Camper Cosmic IPA, and we’d like to welcome you to it a try! Their newest year-round offering is on a mission to save beer drinkers from heavy-handed bitterness with juicy, tropical fruit flavors imparted by massive late additions of Ekuanot, El Dorado, and Galaxy hop varietals.

If you like what you taste, there are limited quantities of the beer for sale at the Third Thursday bar in Bloch Lobby.

$5 cash or card. 21+ only (must show your ID at the door to Lens 2). Limited quantities. First come, first served.

Bloch Lobby, Plaza Lobby

Live Art Illustration with Spectrum Fantastic Art Live

Join artists John English and Brent Watkinson from SFAL as they create fantasy-themed artwork. Feel free to ask questions and discuss their techniques to the curious.

Bloch Lobby

Live Painting: Spaceship Zulu

Local artist Spaceship Zulu will be working on an artwork for the duration of Third Thursday, giving our visitors a great opportunity to observe an artist’s process and watch him work.

Spaceship Zulu’s love for art comes from multiple sources but mainly goes back to his childhood in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Being that he was an only child growing up, toys, games, and comics were more than just something to play with to him; they were his closest friends. As he grew up the love of skateboarding and hip-hop over took those same corridors of his mind as the toys and comics once did. As a teen, he was always blown away by the artwork skate companies used.

For the first couple of hours when he starts a new painting, he’s transported back in time to re-live some of those childhood moments. Nostalgia is really what keeps him striving to make more art. His hope is that when others see his work, they are brought back in time to happy place in their childhoods through the imagery and design, even if that is for just for a split second. This is the source of the magic in his content.

“Wu-Man” 24×36 acrylic and paint pen on canvas

Bloch Lobby

Drop-In Art Activity: Superhero Masks

Every hero needs to protect their secret identity! Create the mask of your superhero dreams and see if people can guess who you are!

Bloch Lobby
Young people at an event

Photo Op

Snap a selfie!

Guides available in Bloch Lobby. Tour various galleries.
couple taking a selfie in gallery

Gallery Moment: Superheroes of the Nelson-Atkins

Check out classical superheroes in our permanent collection on a self-guided tour! Pick up a sheet from the lobby and explore!

Galleries L13-L15

Exhibition: Napoleon: Power and Splendor

Visit our featured exhibition! $18 ticket, member discounts applicable.

Bloch Lobby

96.5 The Buzz Prize Pack Giveaway

Some lucky Third Thursday visitor will win a prize package from 96.5 The Buzz that could include concert tickets, music downloads and swag.

To enter, fill out a Third Thursday MadLib card at the art activity table. Add your name and number and we’ll text the winner at 8:30 pm (better respond quick before we move on to the next person!). Must be present to win.

Bloch Lobby
Happy Hour

Beverages and Small Plates

Enjoy small plates, a full bar and an artful experience!

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